What you need to know
- 17 apps have been removed from the App Store.
- The iPhone apps were found to contain malware.
- The apps covered a wide range of categories.
Apple has confirmed that it has removed as many as 17 apps from the App Store after it was found that they contained malware. Those apps all went through the App Store review process with no issues identified at the time.
Even though no data or financial theft took place, users would have been impacted by the trojan. People with these apps installed might have noticed their iPhone battery draining more quickly than usual. Or it might simply have performed more slowly than expected.
Worryingly, Wandera says that the apps didn't contain the maliscious code but rather received it via a request to a web server. That means there was no way for Apple's App Store review process to spot the malware until the apps were already available. That, in theory, means this could happen again.
All of the affected apps were from AppAspect Technologies. Those apps were:
- RTO Vehicle Information
- EMI Calculator & Loan Planner
- File Manager – Documents
- Smart GPS Speedometer
- CrickOne – Live Cricket Scores
- Daily Fitness – Yoga Poses
- FM Radio – Internet Radio
- My Train Info – IRCTC & PNR (not listed under developer profile)
- Around Me Place Finder
- Easy Contacts Backup Manager
- Ramadan Times 2019
- Restaurant Finder – Find Food
- BMI Calculator – BMR Calc
- Dual Accounts
- Video Editor – Mute Video
- Islamic World – Qibla
- Smart Video Compressor
If you have any of those installed we'd suggest removing them ASAP.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
It would be nice if Apple had a way to notify people that had installed these app's of the risk. Getting the notifications within the App Store would be the ticket!
I would imagine Apple has the ability to remove apps from your device if you're connected to the internet, it would only be used in an extreme circumstance like this, so most likely they'd just disappear off your device.
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